Best-selling journalist Antony Loewenstein trav­els across Afghanistan, Pakistan, Haiti, Papua New Guinea, the United States, Britain, Greece, and Australia to witness the reality of disaster capitalism. He discovers how companies such as G4S, Serco, and Halliburton cash in on or­ganized misery in a hidden world of privatized detention centers, militarized private security, aid profiteering, and destructive mining.

Disaster has become big business. Talking to immigrants stuck in limbo in Britain or visiting immigration centers in America, Loewenstein maps the secret networks formed to help cor­porations bleed what profits they can from economic crisis. He debates with Western contractors in Afghanistan, meets the locals in post-earthquake Haiti, and in Greece finds a country at the mercy of vulture profiteers. In Papua New Guinea, he sees a local commu­nity forced to rebel against predatory resource companies and NGOs.

What emerges through Loewenstein’s re­porting is a dark history of multinational corpo­rations that, with the aid of media and political elites, have grown more powerful than national governments. In the twenty-first century, the vulnerable have become the world’s most valu­able commodity. Disaster Capitalism is published by Verso in 2015 and in paperback in January 2017.

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Military remains hostile to women

The US presence in Iraq is unique for a number of reasons, one of them being the number of female troops serving there.

This has resulted in the proportional escalation in sexual harassment that has taken place.  Last year, Col. Janis Karpinski testified to the horrific conditions female recruits are subjected to.  Female soldiers are instructed to be accompanied by someone when they visit latrines.  Naturally this is extremely inconvenient when nature calls in the middle of the night. 

Last week, Col. Janis Karpinski told a panel of judges at the Commission of Inquiry for Crimes against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration in New York that several women had died of dehydration because they refused to drink liquids late in the day. They were afraid of being assaulted or even raped by male soldiers if they had to use the women’s latrine after dark.

“Because the women were in fear of getting up in the darkness [to go to the latrine], they were not drinking liquids after 3 or 4 in the afternoon,” Karpinski testified, according to a report on Truthout.org. “In the 100 degree heat, they were dying of dehydration in their sleep.”

One of the most infamous stories is that of Suzanne Swift, a women who enlisted in the military.  Having been sexually harassed and abused, she chose not to report for duty after leave, having had her complaints ignored by the authorities.

She was arrested and confined to base for going AWOL in 2006, after charges of sexual harassment and assault went unaddressed by the military. She says she was sexually harassed and abused by her commanders in Iraq and in the US. 

Clearly, the treatment of women in the US military demands to be addressed.  Most disturbing of all is that, if this is the way the military treat their own, it boggles the mind as to how they can possibly hope to win the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people.

3 comments ↪
  • vivy

    Rings true!

  • Barfenzie

    Is this a joke Anthony?
    Have you no idea what war is about?
    I think you have seen too many Holywood movies.
    Soldiering in a war is a filthy, sickening business where every form of cruelty and abuse is let loose. Did you think it would be any different in Iraq to every other war?

    The American women soldiers you refer to are like all naive cannon fodder – in a trance of glory before they get into battle, then they get bogged down in the faeces of filth that war is. Don't forget the guys get raped and beaten and abused in a cruel and degrading way too, that is what war is mate. But then men are more expendable than women eh?

  • Andre

    Barfenzie

    The post was mine not Antony's.

    No one is under any illusions here as to what war involves, which is why the vast maroty of the public is opposed to war. Yet, among the bill of goods we are sold by those that take us to war, is the myth that the military is the last bastion for morality and honour. This is particularly the case in the US, where the religious right has aligned itself with the military, making any crit9cksm of the military blasphemy.

    If you want on cast these women as naive, why then are they not told what they will be exposed to by recruiters who paint then rosy scenarios about their careers in the military? How many women would enlist if they were told there was a strong likelyhood that they would be sexually assaulted and that if they complained, they would likely face retributions, why their assailants would receive nothing more than a slap on the wrist?

    Your argument falls flat on it's face. To this day, gay men are still encouraged to stick to the rule of "don't ask,. don't tell". This is not intended to protect gay men, but argued that the presence of gay men make non gay men uncomfortable or fearful of being propositioned. When have you ever heard of heterosexual soldiers being told to shut up and tolerate being sexually assaulted?

    So to return to your question, who is it that is really receiving preferential treatment?